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The Striker (An Isaac Bell Adventure) Hardcover – March 5, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 760 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Isaac Bell Series

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The sixth Isaac Bell adventure takes us back to the beginning of Bell’s career as an operative for the Van Dorn Detective Agency. It’s 1902, and Bell is a raw young detective, his keen intellect and jump-in-with-both-feet attitude untempered by experience. When he manages to convince his boss to let him prove that a run of sabotage in coal mines is more than the actions of some union activists, Bell soon finds himself with some very powerful and determined enemies. Fans of the Isaac Bell series will note the same exciting storytelling and vivid early-twentieth-century setting, but they’ll also note something different: even though it’s set only four years earlier than the first Bell novel (2007’s The Chase), the book features a much different Isaac: younger, more impetuous, less calmly analytical. The Isaac Bell series is by far the most interesting and enjoyable of Cussler’s current output, and this origin story (every hero needs one) will give Bell’s fans a fresh look at their favorite private investigator. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cussler has done better than many at employing coathors to help carry the load of multiple series demanding new installments. The Bell novels continue to show the Cussler industry at its best, commercially and literarily. --David Pitt

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“[Might] be the best yet in the series by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott . . . The history of the unions in early 20th-century America along with the hazardous working conditions of the coal mines would be fascinating reading. Add a James Bond style flair with sabotage and villainy and the end result is a great action thriller.”—Associated Press
 
“Fans of the Isaac Bell series will note the same exciting storytelling and vivid early twentieth-century setting, but they’ll also note something different: even though it’s set only four years earlier than the first Bell novel (2008’s The Chase), the book features a much different Isaac: younger, more impetuous, less calmly analytical . . . this origin story (every hero needs one) will give Bell’s fans a fresh look at their favorite private investigator.”—Booklist
 
Praise for the Isaac Bell Adventures:

“Bell is a superb action hero who moves elegantly and lethally through the period.” —Library Journal

“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” —Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: An Isaac Bell Adventure (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1 edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161773
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (760 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marcus A. Lewis VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
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We first met Van Dorn detective Isaac Bell in "The Chase" (2008), a solo outing by Clive Cussler. He returned in "The Wrecker" (2009), a joint collaboration with Justin Scott. Now the two authors take us back in time to 1902, four years before the action in "The Chase" takes place. In my opinion, Cussler and Scott have been most successful with this series when they keep their protagonist on the rails. And he is again here. If you are picking up an Isaac Bell novel for the very first time, wait to read this one. I recommend you start with "The Wrecker" instead. Either way though, you're in for the ride of your life.
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Clive Cussler and Justin Scott give us another great read. The first book in the series, The Chase, gave us a wonderful new hero in Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Agency. We fell in love with Isaac as a cultured, wealthy debutante that wanted to "work" for a living and he choose a job that wasn't just sit at a desk and crunch numbers to add more money to your wealth. Instead he becomes a detective, not just to solve crime but to care for down and destitute. He truly helps those who need a hero to step in and help.

Cussler and Scott have taken us back to the beginning to show us where Isaac Bell started. I think it is brilliant that that they first gave us books when Bell is mature and at his prime. The action is packed and enticing and draws you in. If you read this book first you might think it a bit slow and clumsy, mainly because it is character development.

But having read the other books I was ready for this read so that I could learn how Isaac began, how Archie began, and why Wish Clarke is so endearing as a lovable drunken detective that always gets it right.

In the Striker we have a story where unions are trying to organize to put bring better pay and better conditions to coal miners. The owners of the coal mines, especially one maniacal egomaniac who wants to control the entire countries supply of coal want to destroy the union and any men associated with it before they can organize the miners and conduct strikes.

The Pinkerton Detective Agency is hired to protect the mines, protect the interest of the mine owners and they do it through stone cold methods of roughing up or even killing anyone who happens to appear to be favorable to the unions or who might be a strike instigator.
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This is not thought provoking loaded with abstract thought and argument. This is brain candy. It is what you read after a hard day at work and you just need to recharge. A good read. Typical Cussler-lots of action and the good guys will in the end kick some villian ass.
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If you pick up a book by this author and can force yourself to put it down after reading a chapter you are very strong willed indeed. I have purchased every book Cussler has written and always look forward to his next one. No author today has the ability this man has when it comes to writting the fiction novel. A few come close and most of them have co-written with Mr. Cussler . Let me know when the next novel comes out, I'll buy it in a heartbeat!
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Isaac Bell is one of my favorite Clive Cussler's characters. However in Striker he has disappointed me big time. The first scene shows a very experienced investigator Bell, kissing his wife of several years and then enters the club a fledgling investigator on his first case. No transition from old to new. His job Is to stop the sabotage in the coal mines. Characters are introduced right and left with out introducing them. It's hard to flow from character to character. If this had been the first Clive Cussler book I ever red, I'd never buy again, However I do enjoy his other books. Except when he uses co writers, they kind take away Cussler' styles of writing
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Clive Cussler & his co-author Justin Scott have created another adventure (#5 in the series) for detective Isaac Bell. As with the previous books, Putnam also publishes this one, but it is smaller. The earlier books measure approx 6-3/8" x 9-3/16" and have over 400 pages. This book measures approx 5-3/4" x 8-1/2" with 375 pages, and is thus a shorter novel.

Most of the action in this story is set in 1902 and includes much flavor of the early 20th Century as one expects from this series. The characters are interesting & the story moves rapidly. When writing fiction set in a historical context, I think authors ahould not "revise history" in the process. In this book, a fictional character is credited with forming the US Steel Corporation. Actually, a real person, J P Morgan, purchased Andrew Carnegie's business and put together U S Steel. I think it might have been better had the fictional character created a fictional steel conglomerate in this story.

Also I wish the authors had done a bit more research in certain technical aspects of the story. I caught one error in describing action aboard a steamboat, when the captain is described as using the engine room "telegram"--a totally incorrect term. A telegram is the paper with the message that is delivered to the recipient. The communication device between a ship's bridge and engine room is a "telegraph."

Certain railroad terms are also misused. Mention is made of the "20th Century Limited" arriving at Chicago is five "consists." The proper term is "sections," to describe a specific train that requires so many cars that it is split into two or more separate trains, spaced at ten-minute intervals.
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